Anti-Semitism Act A Law
Washington/JTA — President Bush
signed into law a bill that requires the
U.S. State Department to document
anti-Semitic attacks around the world
Bush signed the Global Anti-
Semitism Review Act of 2004 into
law Saturday. "This nation will keep
watch, and will make sure that the
ancient impulse of anti-Semitism
never finds a home in the modern
world," he said at a campaign stop in
West Palm Beach, Fla., later that day.
The act requires the State
Department to create an office to
monitor and combat anti-Semitism,
and to file a report on anti-Semitic
incidents around the world. The State
Department opposed the legislation,
suggesting it would show favoritism
toward the Jewish community in
human rights reporting.
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Washington/JTA — A visit to Israel in
1998 left a "deep impression" on the
first couple, Laura Bush said.
"Our first visit to Israel in 1998
left a deep and lasting impression on
both George and me," Bush told a
United Jewish Communities confer-
ence of women donors. "Israel is not
only a land of rich history and faith,
but also one where people of all races
and creeds live together in a diverse
democracy. During a helicopter ride
above the country, the president saw
first hand how precarious Israel's
security situation is, and that's why
President Bush has been so support-
ive of Israel's right to defend itself."
Teresa Heinz Kerry, Democratic
candidate John Kerry's wife,
addressed the Lion of Judah confer-
ence and discussed responsible phi-
lanthropy and her role in activism for
Soviet Jewry in the 1970s and 1980s.
"This journey of ours, this journey
of sharing and giving, is not merely
noble or kind," Kerry said, detailing
the results of an early childhood edu-
cation program she funded. "It is also
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New York/JTA — A civil liberties
group said it would not take money
from two major U.S. foundations
because it considers the requisite anti-
terrorist language in their grant agree-
ments an attack on free speech.
The American Civil Liberties
Union said it rejected money from
the Ford and Rockefeller foundations
because the anti-terror provisions
could impede work done by the
ACLU and other organizations.
Just because we weren't going to
be intimidated or our speech wasn't
going to be chilled doesn't mean we
can overlook the potentially negative
impact the language will have on
other entities," said Nadine Strossen,
the ACLU's president.
The foundations' rules were put
into place after a JTA investigative
series last fall found that the Ford
Foundation had funded virulently
anti-Israel groups with links to terror-
ist organizations. The Ford Foun-
dation has no connection with Ford
War 'Endangers Israel'
Washington/JTA — The Iraq war has
endangered Israel, Al Gore said.
"Our friends in the Middle East,
including most prominently Israel,
have been placed in greater danger
because of the policy blunders and
sheer incompetence with which the
civilian Pentagon officials have con-
ducted this war," the former vice
president said at an event in
Washington sponsored by MoveOn, a
liberal political action committee.
"The prestigious Jaffe think tank
in Israel released a devastating indict-
ment just last week of how this mis-
adventure in Iraq has been a deadly
distraction from the crucial war on
Ginsburg Pursues Justice
Washington/JTA — A mezuzah on the
door is OK, but no one knows how
Ruth Bader Ginsburg will judge the
public display of the Ten Command-
The Supreme Court justice, who
will consider this term whether dis-
playing the Ten Commandments vio-
lates church-state separation, recently
described the large, silver mezuzah on
her chambers' doorpost, as well as the
biblical injunction, "Justice, justice
shall you pursue."
She did not mention the
Commandments in her 10-minute
speech to the United Jewish Com-
munities' Lions of Judah function for
major women donors. Ginsburg said
she and Justice Stephen Breyer were
both mindful of their Jewish heritage.
"I am a judge, born, raised and
proud of being a Jew. The demand
for justice runs throughout the Jewish
tradition," she said.